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2011 Build Options...Too Many!

Hi all,

I'm getting ready to build a computer and am having a pretty hard time finalizing components. I'll be gaming mostly but it will also be a school computer. I play lots of racing games and Bad Company 2 and would like this computer to be able to run Battlefield 3

I'm in this section because I can't decide if I really need the i5-2500k vs i5-2400 and I can't decide between a CM690 II and an Antec 900...

Case: CM690 II/Antec 900
HDD: WD1001FALS 1TB Western Digital @ 7200rpm
Video Card: HIS 6950
Power Supply: Coolermaster Silent Pro M600 RS
CPU: i5-2500k (Note: I don't plan to overlock. I'm told this is better anyway)
RAM: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB
MOBO: MSI P67-GD65
CD/DVD: Sony Optiarc 24x DVD Burner

End Price: $949 after MIR (With CM690 II)


or

Case: CM690 II/Antec 900
HDD:Seagate Barracuda ST31000524AS 1TB 7200 RPM
Video Card: Asus GTX 560 Ti
Power Supply:CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX750 V2 750W
CPU: i5-2500k
RAM: CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB)
MOBO: ASUS P8P67 DELUXE
CD/DVD: ------

End Price: $840 after MIR (With CM690)


Which of these two builds is superior? Is the first one worth that extra cash? I would also like the computer to be quiet

I'm not a fan of how much the HIS 6950 costs...is it worth the extra?

Thanks for all the help - I appreciate it. This is a little mind-numbing in the amount of work in checking if RAM works with the MOBO (I still don't know how to do that...)



There are also a list of combos if my ideas aren't good...
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  1. Bump for making this all pretty and wanting more people to see it.
  2. I don't think the 6950 is worth $100, so I guess the latter build offers better value.
  3. This topic has been moved from the section CPU & Components to section Systems by Mousemonkey
  4. .:Edit:. nvm I realised I left out the motherboard after i posted
  5. Wow that's awesome! Looks like it doesn't include a motherboard though so that would bump the price considerably. Any recommendations for that specific build?
  6. I noticed that you went with a bigger PSU and a SLI capable motherboard, are you planning to SLI later.
  7. Peril, I would suggest you stay away from Asus products.
    I have used asus since 2003 & most of their products either have a failure or fail to early now I MSI & it would be the best choice & very stable for overclocking.
  8. *Double Post. Deleted*
  9. Gamer-girl said:
    I noticed that you went with a bigger PSU and a SLI capable motherboard, are you planning to SLI later.



    Nope, no SLI.
  10. Best answer
    Now I wished I hadn't delete my original post..

    Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case $99.99 - $20.00 Mail-in Rebate - $10 off w/ promo code EMCKAHC32, ends 10/3 = $69.99

    SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 $59.99

    XFX PRO750W XXX Edition Semi-Modular 80Plus Silver 750 Watt Power Supply $129.99 - $30.00 Mail-in Rebate = $99.99

    G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB $69.99 - 20% off w/ promo code EMCKAHC38, ends 10/3 = $55.99

    GIGABYTE GA-Z68A-D3H-B3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 $113.99

    Combo: MSI N560GTX-TI Twin Frozr II/OC GeForce GTX 560 Ti + Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz $448.98 - $20.00 Mail-in Rebate Card = $428.98

    Total: $828.93

    I know you said that you weren't going to overclock or SLI but you might change your mind later, it helps to prolong the life of your system when it starts it feel slow.
  11. Hi all,

    I'm getting ready to build a computer and am having a pretty hard time finalizing components. I'll be gaming mostly but it will also be a school computer. I play lots of racing games and Bad Company 2 and would like this computer to be able to run Battlefield 3

    I'm in this section because I can't decide if I really need the i5-2500k vs i5-2400 and I can't decide between a CM690 II and an Antec 900...

    Case: CM690 II/Antec 900
    HDD: WD1001FALS 1TB Western Digital @ 7200rpm
    Video Card: HIS 6950
    Power Supply: Coolermaster Silent Pro M600 RS
    CPU: i5-2500k (Note: I don't plan to overlock. I'm told this is better anyway)
    RAM: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB
    MOBO: MSI P67-GD65
    CD/DVD: Sony Optiarc 24x DVD Burner

    End Price: $949 after MIR (With CM690 II)


    or

    Case: CM690 II/Antec 900
    HDD:Seagate Barracuda ST31000524AS 1TB 7200 RPM
    Video Card: Asus GTX 560 Ti
    Power Supply:CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX750 V2 750W
    CPU: i5-2500k
    RAM: CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB)
    MOBO: ASUS P8P67 DELUXE
    CD/DVD: ------

    End Price: $840 after MIR (With CM690)


    Which of these two builds is superior? Is the first one worth that extra cash? I would also like the computer to be quiet

    I'm not a fan of how much the HIS 6950 costs...is it worth the extra?

    Thanks for all the help - I appreciate it. This is a little mind-numbing in the amount of work in checking if RAM works with the MOBO (I still don't know how to do that...)



    There are also a list of combos if my ideas aren't good...

    http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/261222-31-build-advice
  12. Best answer selected by Peril.
  13. Gamer-girl said:
    Now I wished I hadn't delete my original post..

    Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case $99.99 - $20.00 Mail-in Rebate - $10 off w/ promo code EMCKAHC32, ends 10/3 = $69.99

    SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 $59.99

    XFX PRO750W XXX Edition Semi-Modular 80Plus Silver 750 Watt Power Supply $129.99 - $30.00 Mail-in Rebate = $99.99

    G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB $69.99 - 20% off w/ promo code EMCKAHC38, ends 10/3 = $55.99

    GIGABYTE GA-Z68A-D3H-B3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 $113.99

    Combo: MSI N560GTX-TI Twin Frozr II/OC GeForce GTX 560 Ti + Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz $448.98 - $20.00 Mail-in Rebate Card = $428.98

    Total: $828.93

    I know you said that you weren't going to overclock or SLI but you might change your mind later, it helps to prolong the life of your system when it starts it feel slow.



    Fantastic! What a bargain that is, thanks a TON for that find.
  14. Some alternatives if you want to save money and sure you don't want to overclock or SLI.

    CASE: COOLER MASTER HAF 912 $59.99 - $10.00 Mail-in Rebate = $49.99

    PSU: XFX Core Edition PRO650W $89.99 - $30.00 Mail-in Rebate = $59.99

    RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 $49.99

    extra $65 savings
  15. Peril said:
    Fantastic! What a bargain that is, thanks a TON for that find.


    Your welcome.
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